The possession of a small amount of marijuana in Minnesota is only a petty misdemeanor offense. Although a petty misdemeanor is not technically considered a crime, a record of a conviction for the offense is subject to public viewing at any courthouse computer terminal in the State of Minnesota. A small amount of marijuana is defined as weighing 42.5 grams or less.

Should you plead guilty to the offense and subject your past to public scrutiny or hire an attorney to protect your reputation and your future? My advice is to hire an attorney. An experienced Minnesota criminal lawyer may be able to keep a conviction off your record. You will then be eligible to file for an expungement of any trace of the offense, including police and courthouse records.

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